Did you know that the religious is at risk of going to Hell because they render themselves slaves to the law, and thus to the mind which is controlled by the enemy? The law is good, but Satan used it against God’s offspring to condemn and enslave them to sin.
Paul says in Romans 8:2 “I have been set free from the law of sin and death.
For the law of the life-giving Spirit in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and death.”
He adds in Romans 6:6 “We know that our old man was crucified with him so that the body of sin would no longer dominate us, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin.”
Comparing between a Religious person and an atheist:
Romans 2: 12 For all who have sinned without the law (=the atheists) will also perish without the law (don’t receive the same judgment), and all who have sinned under the law will be judged by the law.
13 For it is not the hearers of the law who are righteous before God, but the doers of the law who will be justified. 14 For when Gentiles (or agnostic), who do not have the law, by nature do what the law requires, they are a law to themselves, even though they do not have the law. 15 They show that the work of the law is written on their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness, and their conflicting thoughts accuse or even excuse them 16 on that day when, according to my gospel, God judges the secrets of men by Christ Jesus.”
17 But if you call yourself a Jew (or a religious christian or Muslim, etc) and rely on the law and boast in God 18 and know his will and approve what is excellent, because you are instructed from the law; 19 and if you are sure that you yourself are a guide to the blind, a light to those who are in darkness, 20 an instructor of the foolish, a teacher of children, having in the law the embodiment of knowledge and truth— 21 you then who teach others, do you not teach yourself? While you preach against stealing, do you steal? 22 You who say that one must not commit adultery, do you commit adultery? You who abhor idols, do you rob temples?”
23 You who boast in the law (you religious people), dishonour God by breaking the law [for no one can keep every single aspect of the law, in this world, where Satan is in control and where temptation is a ruler]. 24 For, as it is written, “The name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you.” [the atheist mocks God because of the hypocrisy of religious people].
25 For circumcision indeed is of value if you obey the law [this is an example of a religious ritual that shows our belonging to a religion, like the wearing of the cross or the Muslim veil], but if you break the law, your circumcision becomes uncircumcision [if you do something wrong (which you would as long as you’re on this planet), then you’re bringing shame on to your religion. 26 So, if a man who is uncircumcised (someone who doesn’t follow the law or an atheist) keeps the precepts of the law, will not his uncircumcision be regarded as circumcision? [this means that an atheist who behaves better naturally, is better than a religious person who makes mistakes] 27 Then he who is physically uncircumcised but keeps the law will condemn you who have the written code and circumcision but break the law. 28 For no one is a Jew who is merely one outwardly, nor is circumcision outward and physical. [so, belonging to a religion is not just appearances, but it is faith and heart]29 But a Jew is one inwardly, and circumcision is a matter of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the letter. His praise is not from man but from God.
This says that being a gentile (or agnostic) is slightly better than being religious. An agnostic who confesses their lack of ability to fathom the secrets of life and comprehend the mysteries of God, may make mistakes in his/her life, but when s/he dies, s/he will be judged fairly, but not severely like someone who knows the law very well.
In a court of law, police officers and lawyers who offend, receive worse judgement than people who don’t work in the legal system, because people from the first category know the law better.
So, although it’s not good to be an offender because of the possible judgement, it is better to be a mad, ignorant offender than a wise, intelligent one, since wisdom and intelligence will be held against the offender while the madness and ignorance would work as mitigating circumstances for the latter.
Of course it is better to believe in God than to be an agnostic, but it is better to be agnostic than to be religious.
Galatians 4:7 “I am no longer a slave, but a child and an heir.
So you are no longer a slave (to Satan) but a son (of God), and if you are a son, then you are also an heir through God.”
Ephesians 5:8 “I was formerly darkness, but now I am light in the Lord.
… For you were at one time darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of the light.”